DA urges adoption of agri-kalikasan program
Maasin City (6 October) -- In line with the present thrust of the Department of Agriculture (DA) to promote a cost reduction program for a competitive food production, DA Secretary Domingo F. Panganiban instructed DA employees to participate in the Agri-kalikasan Program, Marina Gador, Supervising Agriculturist from the Office of the Provincial Agriculture (OPAG) here reported during the Provincial Agricultural and Fisheries Council (PAFC) meeting held yesterday, October 5 at the R.K. Function House.
All concerned DA officers and employees are directed to assist the AFCs to ensure successful partnership in the implementation of the Agri-Kalikasan Program, Gador revealed. The National AFC , in coordination with the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) shall facilitate the smooth implementation of the partnership and shall formulate and issue other implementing guidelines, she added.
Gador further disclosed that the program aims to conserve and prevent losses in soil fertility. Through the help of PAFC, they will advocate identified areas of participation and collaboration with the different local government units (LGUs).
Prevention of burning and encouraging of composting of rice straw for fertilizer use, was one of the items explained by Gador. Other information to be disseminated include encouraging LGUs to provide counterpart funds and passing ordinances banning of rice straw burning and the adoption of Agri-Kalikasan technologies such as utilization of rice straw compost and other farm wastes as fertilizer and the cautious use of chemical fertilizer in combination with commercial organic fertilizer.
Gador said that promotion and information campaign for the adoption of the program involves organizing/coordinating fora, assisting in the distribution of IEC materials and initiating information caravans, harvest festivals, promotion activities food security contests, among others.
DA-OPAG through PAFC was also tasked to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the Agri-Klaikasan program. They will determine the progress and extent of field performance, identify issues and concerns affecting the program implementation and provide any feedback on critical matters that will affect the implementation of the said project. (Rebecca G. Cadavos) [top]